About Us


Helping Children in crisis,

one bag of love at a time


What We Do

For 13 years, Bags of Love has supported children of Lane County suffering from abuse, neglect, poverty, or homelessness.

A Bag of Love provides every child we connect with the essentials: clothing, toiletries, toys, books, school supplies, and a handmade quilt or fleece blanket. For a child in crisis, a Bag of Love delivers support and comfort at the time he or she is most vulnerable.

In 2008, our founding year, we distributed 25 Bags of Love to children in need. By the end of 2020, that number had increased to more than 3,000. Since our inception, more than 20,000 local kids have received a Bag of Love.

Bags of Love exists because of the support of more than 300 volunteers who contribute more than 18,000 hours of their time each year to sew quilts, sort donations, put together bags, and keep the warehouse running.

Who We Are

Bags of Love Staff

Becky Stenzel

Executive Director

Annette Biederwell

Warehouse Manager

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Volunteer Coordinator

Rindy Hoag

Office Manager

Karissa Ockander

Office Manager

Board Members

Daryl Dare, President

Geir Lefaive, Treasurer

Cassandra Dare

Colleen Fitzgibbons

Jessica Hayes

Greta Sangder

Joeine Thomas

Dr. Rachelle Villano

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